Janice “Jan” Marilyn (Edwards) Young Carpenter, 87, of Westmoreland passed away on May 8, 2021, at home after a long period of declining health.
She was born the daughter of the late Nettie I. (Converse) and Leslie D. Edwards on May 10, 1933, in Bridgeport, CT. She was educated in CT. after graduating from Milford High School in 1951.
Janice worked for several years as a Medical Secretary at Milford Hospital and for John F. Paget M.D. in Bridgeport, CT. She last worked for Nichols Wire and Aluminum Co. in Danbury, CT. for four years. She then opened and owned Young’s Candy Shop, on Rt. #7 in Brookfield, CT. from 1963 to 1971. In addition, she worked at the Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Milford, CT., and for the Connecticut Conversation Association in Bridgewater, CT. Jan was employed as an Executive Secretary for Emhart Corp. of Farmington and then six years as the Office Manager for J.J. Pollard and Assoc. of Canton, Ct. before retiring in 1986.
She was formerly married to John W. Young on June 7, 1958. Jan met and then married Ralph L. Carpenter on December 31, 1976. Sadly, Ralph passed suddenly on May 7, 1996, after nineteen years of marriage.
In 1978 they both quit their jobs and took off in a new Argosy motor home for a year on the road and traveled across the country. This is documented with hundreds of slides and a diary.
In 1988 they moved into their home in Westmoreland which was designed by them and built by Ralph and his two brothers.
Jan has enjoyed the companionship of three wonderful feline friends, Miss Daisy and Suzy were both “rescued” from the Humane Society and Andy. She filled the hours in these last years with genealogy research, gardening, basket weaving, and working in various capacities for the Westmoreland Ladies Aid Society of Cheshire County, Westmoreland Town Hall Improvements Committee, Historical Society of Cheshire County, and enjoying outings with The Purple Lilac Ladies, a Red Hat Society in Keene.
Mrs. Carpenter is survived by her cousins Nancy Converse Myers of Elk Grove, CA. Judith Carter of Milford, CT. Victor Converse Jr. of Brooksville, FL. Ralphs daughter, Susan Carpenter of Framingham, CT. Ralph’s granddaughter, nieces, nephews, and many good friends.
In keeping with Jan’s wishes burial took place quietly in the family lot at South Village Cemetery, Westmoreland. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 1:30 pm. at the Parker Hill Meeting House, Rt. 63. Westmoreland, NH. 03467.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory for Janice M. Carpenter to:
Westmoreland PHMH and Historical Society
P.O. Box 105
Westmoreland, NH. 03467.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com.